Modernist Gem in Sarasota 375K


LUCKY LU ANDREWS. She was the secretary for the architecture firm of Ralph Twitchell, which in its 1940s-’60s heyday helped make Sarasota, Florida, an epicenter of important modern architecture. Over the years, Lu Andrews’ employers designed three houses for her. This, the third of them, built in 1959, is a 909-square-foot, 2 BR, 2 bath jewel, with brilliantly pared-down lines and compact design.






In my view, this is a highly covetable winter/retirement or year-round home, its small size mitigated by sliding glass walls that visually extend the house out into its lush tropical setting and insure abundant light throughout the day.





I was in Sarasota once many years ago and don’t know it well. The location is said to be prime though — “west of trail” and close to downtown, the bay, parks, marina, restaurants, galleries, beaches, St. Armands Circle (a high-end shopping/dining district), and the Ringling College of Art and Design.




The house is listed by Martie Lieberman of Premier Sotheby’s International, who specializes in modern properties and cares enormously about their preservation. As she says about this one, “I’d like to see it get into safe hands.”


The official listing, with more photos, slideshow and video tour, is here.

To read more about the Sarasota School of Architecture, go here and here.


Photos: Glenn  courtesy Martie Lieberman

About cara

I blog (for fun) here at casaCARA, and write (for money) about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites.
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6 Responses to Modernist Gem in Sarasota 375K

  1. Julia Mack says:

    OOOHHHH…Love this house but I would like to move it up the east coast somewhere. For now I’ll save the images in my ‘Design Inspiration’ file and get back to it for all of its cool and precise details, wide open spaces and beautifully framed vistas.

  2. cara says:

    Well put, Julia. But why move it? You wouldn’t be able to grow avocados and lemons “up the east coast somewhere”!

  3. Thanks, Cara for your fun post about the Lu Andrews House in Sarasota.

  4. cate says:

    Gorgeous, love it. Definitely a house for a warm climate. Is that the original linoleum or (possibly) terrazzo floor? Amazing.

  5. cara says:

    Original terrazzo floors throughout the house and screened porch, says agent Martie Lieberman.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been in this homes many times in its original state. Great restoration. Ludelle Andrews was the mother of my late husband Stephen Charles Andrews. Steve passed away December 30, 1996 and preceded the death of his mom Ludelle.

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